Madrid judge stands by decision to charge three US soldiers with Spanish cameraman’s murder

first_imgNews Receive email alerts ———————————————————-17 january 2007International arrest warrant for three US soldiers responsible for Spanish cameraman’s death in BaghdadReporters Without Borders today welcomed the international warrant issued by a Madrid judge yesterday for the arrest of three US soldiers for the “murder” of Spanish cameraman José Couso of the privately-owned TV station Telecinco, who was killed on 8 April 2003 when a US tank fired a shell at a Baghdad hotel used by the international media.“We hope that judge Santiago Pedraz’s decision to issue an international arrest warrant for the three US soldiers responsible for firing the shell that killed Couso means they will finally be required to explain their actions before a court,” the press freedom organisation said.“We also hope this will help people to understand that the safety of journalists in war zones is not an abstract issue and requires urgent action,” Reporters Without Borders continued. “The UN security council’s unanimous adoption of Resolution 1738 on the protection of journalists in war zones on 23 December served as a reminder that the death of journalists should not be seen as something that is unavoidable.”The warrant issued yesterday by Judge Pedraz names Sgt. Thomas Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, who were the three soldiers in charge of the tank that fired the shell at the Hotel Palestine. The judge said consideration should also be given to the possibility of freezing their assets in case they are ordered to pay compensation to the Couso family.The US embassy in Madrid said Couso’s death was already the subject of an investigation which concluded that the soldiers acted according to the rules of engagement in force in that war zone. The Couso family lawyer, Leopoldo Torres Boursault, said he would not hesitate to seek the application of UN security council Resolution 1738 if he failed to obtain their extradition.If the US authorities refuse to extradite the three soldiers, they could still be arrested if they travel to a country which has signed an extradition accord with Spain.The US army concluded in a report in 2003 that “no misconduct or negligence” had been committed by the coalition forces and the shell had been targeted at what was believed to have been a source of enemy fire. Judge Pedraz already issued arrest warrants for the three US soldiers in October 2005, as well as two requests for statements to be take from them, but no action was taken after a criminal court dismissed the case in March 2006. However, the supreme court overruled that decision on 5 December, ordering that the investigation into Couso’s death should be reopened.At total of 146 journalists and media assistants have been killed since the start of the war in Iraq, which is twice the number killed in the Vietnam war. Organisation SpainEurope – Central Asia RSF and 60 other organisations call for an EU anti-SLAPP directive Follow the news on Spain to go further SpainEurope – Central Asia April 27, 2021 Find out more RSF_en May 25, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Madrid judge stands by decision to charge three US soldiers with Spanish cameraman’s murder News Two Spanish journalists killed in eastern Burkina Faso June 2, 2021 Find out more December 2, 2020 Find out more Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU News Madrid investigating judge Santiago Pedraz announced on 24 May that he has rejected an appeal by the prosecutor’s office against his decision to indict three US soldiers for the murder of Spanish cameraman José Couso, who was killed when a US tank shelled the Palestine Hotel in Baghdad on 8 April 2003. Prosecutor Jesús Alonso had appealed against the indictment on the grounds that there was “insufficient evidence” to bring a prosecution. It now falls to a panel of National Court judges to take the final decision on whether to proceed.On 16 January, Judge Pedraz issued an international warrant for the arrests of Sgt. Shawn (“Tom”) Gibson, Capt. Philip Wolford and Lt. Col. Philip de Camp, who were the three soldiers in charge of the tank that fired the shell.The US authorities have until now ignored this warrant and the judge’s previous requests for their arrests or for statements to be taken from them. But the three soldiers could still be arrested if they travel to a country which has signed an extradition accord with Spain.A criminal court’s decision early last year to drop the case was overruled in December by the supreme court, which ordered that it should be reopened on the grounds that “the Spanish courts are competent to investigate (the case), in accordance with the principle of universal justice.” Help by sharing this information Newslast_img read more

Oxford to launch UK’s first zero emissions zone in December

first_img“With our strengthened Zero Emission Zone and the introduction of hundreds of supporting charging points, our medieval city is leading the electric vehicle revolution. Our two councils have taken a fresh look at the big idea of charging commuters to drive polluting vehicles in and out of the city centre. And we’re listening to Oxford’s Citizens’ Assembly on Climate Change by speeding up our journey to a city-wide Zero Emission Zone. Oxford City Council has also proposed an expanded ‘Green Zone’, which would cover most Oxford Colleges and extend to both the High Street and Thames Street. If approved, this separate zone would come into effect in 2021/22. Restrictions would be more relaxed than the Zero Emissions Zone, and any car which met Euro 6 diesel or Euro 4 petrol would be allowed to enter the zone without charge. To meet these standards, cars can produce no more than 0.08g/km of nitrogen oxide. “Local government isn’t prepared to delay action. Our two councils are working together to enhance lives here in Oxford and across the market towns and villages of Oxfordshire.” Oxford is expected to launch the UK’s first Zero Emissions Zone in the North-West of the city this December. Oxford City Council and Oxfordshire County Council have released a final draft of plans which would require drivers to pay £10 to enter the so-called ‘Red Zone’ in a non-compliant vehicle.  Cars must meet the Government’s plug-in grant eligibility criteria to drive through the zone without paying a fee. Cars which qualify produce CO2 emissions of less than 50g/km and must be able to travel at least 112km without producing any emissions at all. Buses and taxis will not be impacted by the zone restrictions, as plans have already been agreed with the council to achieve a zero-emission bus fleet by 2035. The ZEZ covers a small area to the North West of the High Street, restricting access to Cornmarket, Queen Street, St Michael’s Street, Ship Street, and Broad Street. The entrances to both St Peter’s College and the Oxford Union will be bound by the zone. Queen Street and Cornmarket, adjoining Carfax Tower to the West and North respectively, have already been closed to private cars for a number of years. center_img According to research by Friends of the Earth Oxford, Oxford City has some of the worst levels of air pollution in South East England, and more than 1400 residents have signed a petition demanding that Oxford Councils take immediate action to bring pollution down to safe levels in 2020. Council figures suggest that transport accounts for 75% of nitrogen dioxide pollution in Oxford, and 50 tonnes of CO2 are emitted each morning rush hour in the city. The plan is part of councils’ plans to improve air quality and reduce pollution in Oxford’s city centre. It is also hoped that commuters who currently drive will switch to alternative modes of transport such as cycling and walking. Tom Hayes, Oxford City Councillor, said of the scheme: “2020 will be a crunch year for our climate and all our futures. We face a climate emergency that threatens all of our futures. For the sake of everyone in Oxford, and especially our children’s lungs, we must clean up the lethal air we’re all breathing. Oxford’s Zero Emission Zone will come into force this year and help make 2020 the year we make a game-changing difference. In total, an estimated 1,000 vehicles facing restrictions enter the ZEZ each day. By comparison, approximately 5,000 cars and 1,200 buses cross the High Street every day, and almost 9,000 vehicles per day enter Thames Street, which links Folly Bridge and the railway station in West Oxford.last_img read more


first_imgThe Evansville Bar Association recognized Philip Siegel by presenting the James Bethel Gresham Award to him on Friday, April 28, 2017, at the annual Law Day dinner hosted by the organization.Phil has been practicing law for 57 years.   He was an assistant city attorney and the first attorney for the Vanderburgh County Area Plan Commission.  He has served as EBA President, is a Fellow of the Indiana Bar Foundation, has served on the ISBA Board and is a past Secretary, is a past recipient of the Susan K Helfrich Pro Bono Award and has been admitted to the EVSC Hall of Fame.  Phil is known throughout the entire legal community for his professionalism, honor and integrity.The James Bethel Gresham Freedom Award was established by the Evansville Bar Association to recognize and honor individuals who have distinguished themselves in activities or careers which have elevated respect for the law, promoted freedom, or otherwise furthered the ideals for which Law Day is recognized and celebrated. The purpose of Law Day is to remind people throughout the country of the importance of the law and the role that it plays in our lives and in the basic freedoms which we all cherish and enjoy.  This award is named in honor of James Bethel Gresham who lived in Evansville from 1901 to 1914 and is believed to have been the first American soldier to have given his life in combat during World War I.The Evansville Bar Association also recognized Meagan Brien by presenting the Doran Perdue Service Award to her at the annual Law Day dinner.  In Meagan’s first seven years of law practice, she has already served on the EBA Board of Directors,  chaired the Young Lawyer Section,  chaired the Mock Trials,  chaired the high school law day student lunch,  chaired the Women Attorneys Section,  co-chaired the Law Day Celebration and currently is co-chairing the event “Breaking Through Bias” featuring nationally known speakers on May 10.When asked why Meagan deserved to win the award, her nominator stated that  “ Meagan always steps up where needed.  She is fully involved in every task given and does not chair in name only.  Over the last several years Meagan has made minor and major improvements to every event she has been involved in….Her quiet improvements to existing projects will create lasting and impactful changes within the Bar.”-end-FacebookTwitterCopy LinkEmailSharelast_img read more

Fire Departments plan annual bell ringing event for 9-11

first_img WhatsApp WhatsApp Twitter Previous article$1.8 milion in grants being used to connect South Bend students to the internetNext articleLabor leader: State of Indiana unions is strong Tommie Lee Facebook Facebook By Tommie Lee – September 9, 2020 0 400 CoronavirusIndianaLocalNewsSouth Bend Market Pinterest Photo by Tommie Lee, 953 MNC. An annual bell-ringing to commemorate September 11th will happen virtually this year.Friday morning at 9 a.m. the Clay Fire Territory, South Bend and Mishawaka Fire Departments will come together at St. Patrick’s Couty Park.Due to COVID-19 the public are being asked not to attend in person, but will be able to see the ceremony on the St. Joseph County Parks Facebook Page. Fire Departments plan annual bell ringing event for 9-11 Google+ Pinterest Google+ Twitterlast_img read more

Contract loss burdens Rowe’s employees

first_imgW.C.Rowe has announced that it will be making a number of redundancies following a major contract loss.The Penryn-based bakery firm was believed to be making around 40 members of staff redundant, with speculation surrounding the contract loss believed to be with a major supermarket chain, as previously reported in The Falmouth Packet.A company spokesperson was unable to confirm who the contract loss was with, but stated that less than 40 jobs would be affected by the move. Rowe’s currently employs around 500 staff and has 20 of its own retail outlets and six Asda concessions in the South West and south of England,Rowe’s released a statement, which said: “We can confirm that due to the loss of a significant production contract at our bakery on Kernick Industrial Estate in Penryn, we are currently in the process of realigning staff numbers to make sure they are in line with production volumes. We regret that this has lead to some redundancies from the Kernick site, which mainly produces our breads and sweet products.“As a proudly Cornish company of over 60 years we are committed to creating and maintaining local jobs. We currently employ over 500 people, mostly in Cornwall, therefore we have not taken any of these difficult decisions regarding redundancies lightly. We have redeployed a number of people to one of the growth areas of the business, namely our bakery on the Bickland Industrial Estate in Falmouth, which produces all of our pasties and other savoury products. We have ambitious growth plans for of this part of our business and hope to continue creating new local jobs.”The Cornish bakery set out a five-year development strategy last July, proposing to expand its manufacturing facilities and take over a new industrial unit on Bickland Industrial Estate.Alan Pearce, managing director of Rowe’s, told British Baker: “Expanding our production facilities is a key part of our five-year growth strategy. With the Cornish pasty being granted PGI status, we have a unique opportunity to increase the output of our genuine Cornish pasties, both for our own retail units in the south west and to our trade customers throughout the UK.last_img read more

Border Battle continues

first_imgJEFF SCHORFHEIDE/Herald photoThis weekend’s men’s hockey series between Wisconsin andMinnesota is a tale of two teams. The Badgers (14-12-6, 10-10-4 WCHA) continueto exhibit strong play down the late stretch of the season, having lost justtwice in their last 11 games. The Gophers (12-13-7, 6-11-5), on the other hand,have continued to slide in the rankings and have struggled to find a rhythm.They haven’t won in their last six games and have been victorious just once intheir last 10 tries.But this is WCHA hockey. Throw all that out the window.?You can never underestimate a Gopher team,? said UW forwardAaron Bendickson, a native of Thief River Falls, Minn. ?They’re going to cometo play, and we’re going to come to play no matter what.?The two rivals faced off once already this year, withWisconsin earning three points on the weekend. In Game 2 of the series, theBadgers fell down 2-0 after the first period but battled back as they have donemany times before to earn a tie and, more importantly, a point in thestandings.?Every point is crucial. The WCHA is so tight,? saiddefenseman Ryan McDonagh, another Minnesota native. ?Whether it’s working hardto come back and get a tie and scramble for a point or obviously win, we justwant to get as many points as possible at this point.?Indeed, every point counts from this point on for Wisconsin,as they sit deadlocked with Minnesota State at fourth in the WCHA. The Badgersfaced the Mavericks last weekend at home but were unable to create separationin the standings, making the team’s last two series ? road trips to Minnesotaand St. Cloud State ? that much more important. ?Any time you go into a rivalry game like this, the teamwho’s going to outwork each other is going to win the series,? Wisconsingoaltender Shane Connelly said. ?We beat [Minnesota] up a little bit here, sothey’re going to come out ready to charge us out of their building. The mainthing is we need to outwork them as hard as we can every shift, every play ofthe game.?If Wisconsin can remain in the top five teams in theconference standings, it will earn the right to host the first round of theWCHA playoffs at the Kohl Center. In the grander scheme of things, however,NCAA playoff implications are also on the line. The top 16 teams make it to thepostseason tournament; the Badgers are currently 12th in the Pairwise Rankings.?We’re fighting for home ice and fighting for the NCAAtournament,? Bendickson said. ?It’s the biggest time of the season. We want tobe playing the best hockey right now.?Minnesota has seen its share of lows this season; injurieshave plagued the Gophers ? namely the loss of junior forward Ryan Stoa for theseason ? and the NHL took away perhaps their best player when Kyle Okposo left schoolearly to go pro.The Gophers’ biggest playmaker since the departure of Okposothis season has been Blake Wheeler, a junior forward who has 13 goals and 13assists on the year. Wheeler scored the team’s only goal in Minnesota’s 3-1 lossin the first game of the series against Wisconsin.?They’ve struggled a little bit this year, but they’re goingto make plays,? Connelly said. ?Their ice is huge; they’ve got a lot of spaceout there. So I expect them to make a lot of plays (and) get a lot of pucks atnet.??They play hard. They know their systems. They givethemselves a chance to be successful because of the way they do play hard,? UWhead coach Mike Eaves said. ?Right now, they’re missing a little magic, and Ithink every team in our league would like to say they could go out and find alittle bit more magic.?Instead of looking over its shoulder, all Wisconsin can donow is play its own game. It controls its own destiny from here on out andcan’t be worrying about what the rest of the WCHA is doing down the stretch.?Right now we know we just have to do our part to win, andthat’s all we can really control,? Bendickson said. ?And that’s just coming outand winning the last four games of the season.?last_img read more

Zane Trace FFA members attend Camp Muskingum

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest During the week of June 6th – 10th five members of the Zane Trace FFA Chapter traveled to Camp Muskingum near Carrollton, Ohio for the first session of Ohio FFA Summer Camp.During their time at camp the members were divided into different camp chapters to help them get to know some of the other 280+ FFA members from around Ohio who attended.The different camp chapters also participated in an Olympics themed competition in which teams received points for participation in sports tournaments, speaking competitions and other contests held during the week. When not involved in these activities students took part in various leadership building events including a high ropes course, obstacle challenges and group meetings.Senior members also had the opportunity to serve the Carrollton community during their time at camp as they partnered with Carroll County MRDD to conduct a sports themed day at camp for adults in the MRDD programs.  On the last day of camp members enjoyed a water carnival, talent show and camp dance before packing their bags for home the next morning.  Members attending included Kevin and Karlee Daubenmire, Ann and Katie Shelby, and Cassidy Corcoran.The Zane Trace FFA is a Satellite Program of Pickaway Ross CTC.last_img read more

Google – Yes, Google – Warns Of “Intense” U.S. Flu Activity

first_imgdan rowinski Tags:#Big Data#Google Google Flu Trends is part of Google Insights for Search, a tool that can be used to track data related to search terms. For the healthcare industry and epidemiologists, this type of real-time data can prove helpful in tracking and acting upon the outbreak of illness.Sometimes, Collecting Data Can Be A Good ThingGoogle comes under fire frequently for its search practices and competitive position in the marketplace, but the company’s core business remains the same: to aggregate the world’s information for the benefit of humankind. Through its search engine, Google has collected a mountain range worth of data on what people do, how they do it and where they are doing it. This can be extraordinarily beneficial to researchers of all kinds. Google describes the process for Google Flu Trends on its website:“We have found a close relationship between how many people search for flu-related topics and how many people actually have flu symptoms. Of course, not every person who searches for ‘flu’ is actually sick, but a pattern emerges when all the flu-related search queries are added together. We compared our query counts with traditional flu surveillance systems and found that many search queries tend to be popular exactly when flu season is happening. By counting how often we see these search queries, we can estimate how much flu is circulating in different countries and regions around the world.”Note the map of the United States at the top of this article. It is interactive on the Google Flu Trends website to show the level of flu search activity for each individual state. As you can see, the nation is bathed in red, which indicates “intense” flu search activity. Since the inception of Google Flu Trends, the search giant took the technology that built the tool and reversed it to create Google Correlate. Correlate is a tool is used to find patterns which correspond with real-world trends. The purpose for Google is not just to aggregate the world’s data, but to also make as much sense of it as possible.  Related Posts Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting Everywhere you look, it seems pestilence and hysteria has taken over. Someone sneezes, you wince and dig through your bag for that little bottle of Purell that, you think, will save you from the bug. Yes, it is flu season and this year is a bad one.The City of Boston has declared a public health emergency after 700 confirmed cases of the flu. New York City officials said that the flu has reached epidemic proportions. Flu shots are increasingly difficult to find as people line up at clinics across the country. At Massachusetts General Hospital, some flu patients are getting beds in the vascular ward as more people are being admitted than the general medicine ward can handle. In Boston, my friends are scared to leave their apartments.I don’t blame them. Google Flu Trends ReportOnce again, Google is publishing its Flu Trends report to show the spread of sickness in the United States. The data comes from people searching Google for flu symptoms and vaccines – combined with information from the Centers for Disease Control. The numbers this year are alarming. See the chart below for the national data. Notice the extremely large spike starting in December and rising to the top of the chart. Yikes! Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Marketlast_img read more

Stena Bulk Joins the Scrubber Ordering Wave

first_imgzoomImage Courtesy: Stena Bulk Swedish tanker shipping company Stena Bulk has signed a turnkey exhaust gas scrubber solution agreement with Chinese Bluesoul to equip its Suezmax and IMOIIMAX fleets. In total, Stena Bulk will equip 15 vessels with scrubbers and have an additional 6 options for installation prior to 2020, the enforcement date of the global sulphur cap.As disclosed, Shanghai Bluesoul Environment Technology has had a collaboration agreement with the Stena group for more than a year. It is the first Chinese enterprise to be awarded Lloyd’s Register Exhaust Gas Cleaning System Machinery General Design Appraisal as well as DNV GL and ABS AiP.“By installing scrubbers, we will be well equipped to meet the 2020 regulation and are protected from price volatility as well as fuel shortage. In relation to market developments, today’s market predictions  are attractive in theory and currently seems to be so in practice too, despite there being a couple of parameters that remain uncertain. However, there are opportunities already available today to lock in some of the uncertainty, which might be appealing when looking for a more secure investment,” Erik Hånell, President & CEO Stena Bulk, said.The scrubber to be installed is an open loop hybrid ready with water cleaning, which removes the sulfur and particles from the exhaust.The second wave of scrubber ordering has seen over 1,000 scrubber projects confirmed over the past six months, mainly driven by the upcoming enforcement of the 2020 sulphur cap, according to the data from DNV GL.last_img read more

Lynn Beyak could be charged with hate crime says Indigenous senator

first_imgKathleen Martens APTN News Embattled Sen. Lynn Beyak could be charged with a hate crime says fellow senator Lillian Dyck.Dyck is referring to letters Beyak, 68, recently posted on her Parliamentary website that support the “good” that Indian residential schools did.“I looked it up,” Dyck told APTN News Friday. “Hate speech is communicating statements in public that incite hatred against any identifiable group. “Someone could look into this…Check all the letters and make a determination as to whether it met the high standard for hate speech. She could be charged.”Dyck is from the Gordon First Nation in Saskatchewan and chair of the Aboriginal Peoples committee. Beyak was removed from that committee last year when she expressed support for the schools.Beyak was then removed from the Conservative Party of Canada caucus late Thursday.“On Tuesday, January 2, 2018, I learned that Senator Lynn Beyak posted to her Parliamentary website approximately 100 letters from Canadians in support of her position on residential schools,” CPC Leader Andrew Scheer said in a statement.Scheer said he demanded Beyak remove the content from her website, but she refused.“As a result of her actions, the Conservative Senate Leader Larry Smith and I have removed Senator Lynn Beyak from the Conservative National Caucus,” Scheer said. “Racism will not be tolerated in the Conservative Caucus or Conservative Party of Canada.”Scheer’s spokesman said there would be no further comment.Many consider the letters and Beyak’s position on the notorious school system to be racist.Dyck said the national outcry against Beyak could put her in the same boat as David Ahenakew, an Aboriginal leader from Saskatchewan charged with hate after making remarks about Jews in December 2002.Ahenakew was found not guilty after two trials.Dyck said some of the letters, which don’t reveal the authors’ full names, are “outrageous and offensive.”She said they promote false and negative stereotypes about Indigenous people that, in turn, lead to discrimination and negative treatment.Dyck praised Scheer for booting Beyak from caucus but says that frees the now-Independent senator from any censorship.“She is not alone,” Dyck added. “This is a symptom of the racism in our country.”Beyak’s views that some Indigenous children benefitted from forced residential school have been condemned by the Anglican church and Thunder Bay city council.It was churches that ran the schools – known for emotional, physical and sexual abuse – for the Canadian government.Beyak has not responded to APTN’s request for comment.Beyak was nominated to the senate by former prime minister Stephen Harper. It was Harper who apologized in 2008 for the residential school system.Dyck said reconciliation is meaningless if Canadians can’t address racism in society.“I’m 72 years old. Is it going to change before I die? I hope so,” she said.Meanwhile, she said she would not make the complaint to police to investigate Beyak.last_img read more